They have said that we owe allegiance to Safety, that he is our Red Cross who will provide us with ointment and badges for our wounds and remove the foreign ideas the glass beads of fantasy the bent hairpins of unreason embedded in our minds.
Fear no more the heat of the sun, Nor the furious winter's rages...
No exorciser harm thee Nor no witchcraft charm thee. Ghost unlaid forbeare thee. Nothing ill come near thee.
- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
At the top of the house the apples are laid in rows And the skylight lets the moonlight in and those Apples are deep-sea apples of green.
- John Drinkwater, Moonlit Apples
Where there's a rainbow on the river You get the feeling Romance is stealing Right out of the blue into your heart.
- Paul Francis Webster, Rainbow on the River
There is a green hill far away Without a city wall Where the dear Lord was crucified Who died to save us all.
Bright shines the sun on creatures mortal, Men of their neighbors become sensible, In solitude for company.
'I was now an established citizen with little hope of returning across the frontier; I was in the crazy world, separated now by more than locked doors, and barred windows from the people who called themselves sane.' Istina Mavet descends through increasingly desolate wards to Lawn Lodge, where patients are considered beyond hope, and a leucotomy the only method of rehabilitation. Istina observes her fellow patients, long disregarded by hospital staff, with humour and compassion, and reveals an original and questioning mind.
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"In Faces in the Water (first published in 1961), Janet Frame responded to her doctors suggestion that as I was obviously suffering from the effects of my long stay in hospital in New Zealand, I should write my story of that time to give me a clearer view of the future. This writing evolved into an intensely imagined, fictionalised account in which the protagonist, Istina Mavet, moves in and out of mental hospitals, facing the terrors of electric-shock treatment and the threat of a leucotomy."--Provided by publisher.